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Sep. 24th, 2017 11:34 am
elayna: by casset (McKay the man the myth)
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Anyone watching The Orville? I've seen the three episodes but am still waffling a bit. I have heard of Seth MacFarlane but never watched anything he's done. The humor, especially in the first episode, has been what I expected, pinging between irreverent and crude. I like the former, could do without the latter.

It is shaping up to be more of a Trek show, and dealing with serious issues. And there have been variations in the dramatic approaches Trek shows have taken to tackling difficult issues. Classic Trek, Kirk could redo entire societies and fix all their problems with a good brawl with the world's leader. I loved classic Trek for that enduring belief that solutions were always possible.

ST:TNG was not always so optimistic. I remember the episode (I'm a bad fan, I don't know the title) where Crusher is kidnapped by freedom fighters/terrorists who are using a personal teleportation device, and she determines that device is causing their health issues, but they refuse to stop using it, as it is their only advantage against the dominant culture. The ST:TNG crew rescues her and then... (as I recall, it's been a long time)...they leave. It seemed a realistic ending, and something of a commentary on the Middle East, that no, America, you can't stumble into a situation you don't understand well, and fix it. But mostly I remember that sense of ... huh. Wow, that's a bummer. Where's Kirk? Kirk woulda fixed this and left those two groups on the way to a happy bonding.

spoilers for the third episode of The Orville )

I was pleased that Kasidy Yates from Deep Space Nine is a regular, good to see her again, and that Bashir's father had a guest role in the pilot. It was a mini-DSN reunion, yay.

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Sep. 23rd, 2017 09:18 am
elayna: (H50 love)
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Thank you to everyone who offered sympathy on my last post. I'm feeling much better now. Spent a long weekend in the bay area with good friends, hanging out and talking.

The summer weather was miserably hot here, but the temperature has suddenly dropped. Fall is not quite here, it's supposed to get hot again, but right now, it feels deliciously cool. I'm ready for leaves dropping and pumpkin foods. The cats started sleeping on the bed again, only two, one on each side of my hips, because if you can't stop The Person from rolling over, what is the point of sleeping on the bed?

I'm hoping to spend some quality computer time this weekend and catch up on comments, but first I must spend some time on my neglected garden. Just... hi!
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Made my Yuletide noms:

Blade (Movie Series)

Abigail Whistler
Hannibal King
Zoe Sommerfield
Karen Jenson

(Hands up if you're at all surprised by that.)

Open Range (2003)

Boss Spearman
Charley Waite
Button (Open Range)
Sue Barlow

(I really want Boss and Button fic, with that whole found family, paternal relationship thing.)

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)

Javier Suarez
Katey Miller

(I had lots of fun when I wrote this pairing for Chocolate Box this year.)

Kind of hoping that someone nominates From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series, but since I suspect it will be more popular than the ones I did nominate, I figured I'd go rare :D

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Sep. 14th, 2017 09:40 pm
elayna: (Alex as Superman)
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TMI... So I discovered this week that if you spend 6-7 hours in a haze of short naps interspersed with vomiting or dry heaving, depending on whether you think you're done and decided to risk eating or drinking again, then when you recover from that haze, some basic functions, like laughing, coughing, and sneezing, will be incredibly painful because you will have strained your back muscles. In fact, they will be difficult to finish at all. Sneezus Interruptus.

I was really doing fine without this knowledge. Ignorance can be bliss.

I'm very grateful that I'm off tomorrow for a long weekend with friends and expect to do nothing more strenuous then maybe a stroll around the block. And some mild stretching.

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